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Creating a Fine Art Series

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Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Color

Brooke Shaden

Creating a Fine Art Series

Brooke Shaden

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44. Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Color


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3 Your Timeline is Nonlinear Duration:05:37
5 What Factors Dictate Growth Duration:08:24
7 Niche Branding Duration:04:57
11 Idea Fluency Duration:10:33
12 How to Represent an Idea Duration:07:01
13 How to Innovate an Idea Duration:07:07
22 Shooting for a Fine Art Series Duration:05:45
24 Wardrobe and Texture Duration:04:54
25 Posing for the Story Duration:05:32
26 Choosing an Image Duration:01:23
28 Posing for the Story Duration:04:17
29 Creating Backlight Duration:02:37
33 Shooting the Background Images Duration:06:14
54 Oil Painting on Prints Duration:05:41
55 Encaustic Wax on Prints Duration:03:09
56 Failure vs. Sell Out Duration:05:14
58 Branding Yourself Into a Story Duration:05:40
59 The Artistic Narrative Duration:05:26
61 Get People to Buy Your Story Duration:11:36
63 Pricing For Commissions Duration:06:43
65 Class Outro Duration:01:00
66 Live Premiere Duration:16:14
69 Live Premiere: Q&A Duration:16:10
70 Live Premiere: Photo Critique Duration:47:33

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Editing Composite Shoot #1 - Selective Color

so I think this looks really awesome in terms of compositing. It was super simple, right? We didn't have much to do because it was just adding pieces on that were shot there. So the lighting was the same. The color was the same. The perspective was the same. The backdrop was the same. That makes it really nice and easy. So okay, we've got that. Let's just do a little bit of color work here and figure out how we want this image to look. I'm on my background copy layer, and I can see that the dress is a separate layers. So let's go ahead and combine all of these layers. I'm going to use a shortcut to stamp visible, which is control Ault Shift E or Command option shift E. Just make sure your clicked on the very top layer that you want, because it's gonna select that one and all the layers below it to duplicate and merged. So that's what we've just done. Layer three is the duplicated and merged layers, and you can see that just popping in there. Same thing. Nothing's changed. Okay, so the ...

reason why I did that was to put all of the different pieces on one layer so that I can selectively change the red. I just wanna play and see what we can do with that red color. So I'm going into image adjustments. Replace color. I'm going to select where I can see. It's a little bit pink in the dress, just somewhere around there, and I want to get rid of that pink color and make it true red. When you click in to replace color, it gives you an eyedropper tool. So I just click the pink making just clicking all around inside there and you can see it turns black and white. So with your fuzziness slider, if you pull it up, you're going to have more selected. It's going to turn white versus whatever is dark will not be affected by your changes. All right, so I'm gonna take the hue and start to play with that so you can see what it's doing. It's just totally changing the color here, and you can see that we need to add some that didn't get included. But we'll do that later, so we have options. We can make this dress whatever color we want I could go with green or brown or purple or any color that I want. So that's really exciting for me to be able to have that much color control, especially when it's so vital to the image. So I'm gonna go and make this just a much richer red, and I'm going to do that by taking the hue up like we did to make it have a little bit more yellow in it. So what I'm doing is adding yellow to the red, and I'm going to take the saturation up quite a bit so that it really pops. And then I'm gonna take the lightness down a little bit. It's just gonna be a richer red. So if I click on that preview, you can see that it had a blue cast. Now it has a red cast truly read because of the yellow being added

Class Description


  • Beat “creator's block” by practicing exercises to help you overcome it
  • Conceptualize a series that nails story, emotion, and connection
  • Execute a low-budget, high-impact photoshoot for your series
  • Edit your images for series cohesion and seamless compositing
  • Brand yourself and your art into a story that others can connect with


Creating a fine art body of work can be daunting when you consider that a great series has innovative ideas, cohesive editing, and an undeniable connection to an audience. During this class, Brooke will walk through the entire process of creating a fine art series, from conceptualization, shooting, and editing to branding and pricing. The success of a body of work comes from the artist’s ability to go beyond the connection to an audience; it must land in the heart of the viewer and then instill a call to action within them. Brooke will lead you through not only how to make your work relatable, but how to take that extra step to become unforgettable, and ultimately, sellable.


  • Intermediate creators who want to focus on personal work and find a deeper level of creating.
  • Creators who not only want to tighten the cohesion of their work but ensure that the full depth of meaning is communicated.
  • Artists who want to learn simple yet effective ways of creating a body of personal work.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (v21.2.4) and Adobe Bridge CC 2020 (v10.1.1)


Brooke explores the darkness and light in people, and her work looks at that juxtaposition. As a self-portrait artist, she photographs herself and becomes the characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Being the creator and the actor, Brooke controls her darkness and confronts those fears.

After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. She started photography then in 2008, excited to create in solitude and take on character roles herself. Brooke works from a place of theme, often gravitating toward death and rebirth or beauty and decay.

Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity into the unknown to see who her characters might become. Brooke believes the greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes, and experience into a representation of one's potential.

While her images come from a personal place of exploration, the goal in creating is not only to satisfy herself; her greatest wish is to show others a part of themselves. Art is a mirror for the creator and the observer.

Brooke's passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.

*This course contains artistic nudity.


a Creativelive Student

Brooke never fails to deliver. I found this course superb from start to finish. From exercising your creative 'muscle', demystifying taking self portraits, and showing that they don't have to be perfect before you begin editing, to walking you through her editing process and how to price your work. Brooke's enthusiastic personality and excitement about the work shines through it all. Definitely recommended!

Søren Nielsen

Thank for fantastic motivating an very inspiring. The story telling and selling module was very helpful - thanks from Denmark

Rebecca Potter

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Brooke for this amazing class. Inspired and so full of practical knowledge, this is the best class I've ever watched. You have given me the confidence to pursue what I've always been afraid to do. Watch this space!